|Review by Tomcat1066||posted 02-10-2008 02:21 PM||1682 views||0 times favorited||17 comments|
Black & Decker tools suck. That’s the general consensus from woodworkers the world over. After my Firestorm circular saw couldn’t rip a piece of 4/4 pine, I tend to agree. However, the Workmate is the exception.
This sweet little puppy is just the ticket for a new woodworker. In one little package, you get a workbench, a vise, and even saw horses. It’s fairly easy to assemble, but the instructions could be better. In an effort to put as few steps as possible on the instruction sheet, they combined steps. Still, if you take your time and don’t rush, you should be fine.
Now, this thing isn’t perfect. It doesn’t work well for hand planing, since it wants to tip over. For small pieces, that’s easy to overcome by just putting your foot on the leg plates. I haven’t tried longer pieces yet, but I suspect that it’ll be a serious challenge on them.
However, for power tool users, I really can’t think of much this little guy couldn’t handle. Not only that, but I can see this sucker getting used in all kinds of projects around the house. For the $35 I spent on this from the BORG, I just don’t think it can be beat.
The only regret I have is that I didn’t get the bigger model with the step at the bottom. Oh well…live and learn ;)
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!